City Moves: Black Urban History since 1967

37th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series

City Moves: Black Urban History Since 1967

Saturday, February 18, 2017

9:30am - 3:30pm

Rutgers University, Newark Campus
350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102

Issues of civil and human rights, housing and gentrification, and health and income inequalities in American cities will be in sharp focus as the thirty-seventh annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series (MTW) invites a wide-ranging discussion of the last half-century of black urban history. The annual Black History Month conference will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Paul Robeson Campus Center on the campus of Rutgers University-Newark.

City Moves: Black Urban History since 1967 will emphasize, as MTW traditionally does, the ways that history helps illuminate our contemporary world. As Newark marks the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 rebellion, MTW will explore how far we have come since that crucial event, over years that many consider the darkest for American cities. The Clement A. Price Institute brings to Newark four eminent scholars whose pioneering and award-winning work has powerfully shaped our understanding of development and life in urban areas over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Thomas J. Sugrue, Bancroft Prize-winning author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit, Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North, and Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race, and Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University will deliver the MTW keynote lecture. The day’s other lecturers will be: Alondra Nelson, professor of sociology and gender studies and Dean of Social Sciences at Columbia University and author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination and The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome; Mary Pattillo, Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University and author of Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class and Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the City; and N. D. B. Connolly, Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History and author of A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida.

Following the conference, MTW attendees are invited to a reception in the Great Hall at the historic and recently reopened 15 Washington Street. The reception will feature live musical entertainment by The Bradford Hayes Trio. All events are free and open to the public.

Lunch will be $12 | Parking will be available in Deck 1 on University Ave for $8 | Shuttle Services will be available !

The Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series is made possible by funds and support from Prudential; the New Jersey Council for the Humanities; the New Jersey Historical Commission, Department of State; and the Rutgers Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes.

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